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SmearODeer

Harrisburg, PA | Listener Since 2004

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  • 9 reviews
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  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5030)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2881)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    Auban says: "If not for the narrator..."
    "Must read after the First 2"
    Overall

    Now I've finished Number 3 in the Series and found that it sucked me in with soap opera like precision. I rated it in the middle because it it well written and spoken. I'm not fond of soap operas so the general format of the story was boring at time to me yet it was good enough to keep my attention. The stories' continuity with the other books is well done and the Fleet still hasn't gotten to Enders new and final home. Please remember this is really only part of the story. You MUST get "Children of the Mind" to Complete it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1092)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Great For the Whole Family"
    Overall

    This was great. Unless you’re the White Witch of course! I've seen so many things based on this I hade to hear the book before I saw the movie. My 4 year old loves this story and the 2 year old seems to listen to most of it, a testament to the narrator’s abilities. We do skip the parts that are not appropriate for their age. Even those parts were well done from the adult perspective. This is something that will be listened to and read over and over again in our house. Thank you for having it Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NIV Audio Bible (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (75 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Zondervan
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (314)

    The NIV Audio Bible is more than a Bible you listen to. It's an experience that helps you enter into God's Word...so God's Word can enter into you.

    Dave says: "Best Version By Far"
    "If reading the Bible puts you to sleep."
    Overall

    This is the bible for you. With the cast of voices you can more easily follow the lessons that God wants us to learn. At the same time, gain insights where you might have gotten distracted on mentally pronouncing words in your head and not having any clue how they are supposed to sound. This would be a great way to make going thought the Bible the first time more useful and fun (Yes I said Bible and fun) to both believers and seekers alike. I can tell you I have never made it though Numbers with out skipping parts while reading before and missed insights that have now been gained though these lessons that are at times buried in the cold facts that are given in sections like this in the bible. I recommend this for those of you who have read the Bible 100 time or never as a tool to your current walk or fact finding.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Cassandra says: "Eldest, the sequel to Eragon"
    "Definitely a Good Bridge."
    Overall

    Definitely a Good Bridge.
    Though this has the same well developed characters and vividly described landscapes as the first books. You will be pleasantly surprised at the new additions as you continue your journey as a Dragon Rider. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the 3rd. I do however feel this felt like a bridge book and unlike the first book, I feel the story is lost with out the 3rd story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8130)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3337)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Excellent Fantasy"
    Overall

    With well developed characters and vividly described landscapes which will transport you to a time that you'll almost believe happened! I've read the book and listened to this audio twice and have found that the worlds time just slips away while reading or listening. While you don’t need to read the next book to enjoy this, the first of 3, you’ll be itching to continue your journey as a Dragon Rider..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3927)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2121)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "It’s Complete!"
    Overall

    It’s Complete. This had a nice clean ending and closed the rest of the story lines from the previous Ender books. It still follows the soap opera like format of the last book, but once again it is well written and will keep your attention most of the time. This is a must listen to complete the story. Had I gotten an abridged version I would have gotten the same effect as this version. It did not leave me with an overwhelming urge to grab the next book when it comes out but I probably will. I’ll have to check out the Shadow book and See what Orson Scoot Card did with those?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8502)
    Performance
    (4932)
    Story
    (4989)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "End the young is old."
    Overall

    Since reading and then later hearing “Ender’s Game” again 20 years later, I learned there were more stories and that this was a trilogy with a 4th book! I bought all of them. This is mostly because I liked the first book so much and the fact that I wanted to hear “The rest of the story.” In this book we are a mere 3000 years after Ender finished kicking Bugger butt and Ender is still going. By the end of this book you feel bad about what Ender did to the Buggers and want to know what that fleet is going to do, as well as some of the other interesting story lines and thus get the 3rd book Xenocide.

    Since I really enjoyed the action of the first book I was a little bit disappointed with this one. I do realize this was supposed to be the first story based on the short story that came from “Ender’s Game” and thus was not meant to be any thing like it. It Does have a strong story that will have you wanting to continue the story of Ender’s life in Xenocide.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23204)
    Performance
    (14536)
    Story
    (14688)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "So Good to hear again!"
    Overall

    It has been years since I read this story. I think it was 20 years ago! I remembered a vivid story of a boy my age, struggling to make it in a very challenging environment. Now when I have my own children and little time, audio books are a release and this book is an excellent listen! So If your just reliving this story again or listening for the first time, enjoy your time transported to the future with young Ender.

    Be prepared though for the music at the end of chapters that may make it difficult for those with hearing impairments to hear the audio actor reading. Though this is distracting it does not take from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6251)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2388)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Overall

    I purchased this a while ago but never seemed to have the chance to listen. Lets be honest, I could not figure out why I purchased it based on the description, but upon hearing it I was pleasantly surprised. To draw such rich mental pictures using clean, crisp, and simple words was amazingly unexpected. I found myself needing to hear the rest of the story. And so I did…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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